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If there's one thing kids love to do, it's make noise. You can channel that natural impulse to more creative ends with these handy homemade musical instrument crafts that use things you can find around the house. Who says you have to spend money to get kids interested in music?

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  • Homemade Drum for Toddlers

    Drumroll, Please

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    Average rating of 5/5. (11 Ratings)

    Help your toddler participate in the joyful noise of music.

  • Mailing Tube Rain Sticks

    Mailing Tube Rain Sticks

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    Average rating of 4/5. (7 Ratings)

    Your tot can enjoy the sound of a gentle rainfall -- without the sogginess -- thanks to this easy-to-make sound-alike instrument.

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    Raisin Box Maracas

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (12 Ratings)

    What kid doesn't want a pair of maracas?

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  • Bottle-cap Tambourines

    Bottle-cap Tambourines

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    Average rating of 4/5. (17 Ratings)

    Make and shake instruments that are popular in Brazil and Africa.

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  • What's the Buzz?

    What's the Buzz?

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    Average rating of 4.5/5. (9 Ratings)

    If you've ever wanted to chirr like a cicada or buzz like a bee, just take this humming noisemaker for a spin.

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  • Backyard Melody Maker

    Backyard Melody Maker

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    Average rating of 4/5. (4 Ratings)

    This interactive musical rod is simple to make and easy to use -- and makes a metallic twinkling sound, similar to that of a rain stick.

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  • Make a Spin Drum

    Make a Spin Drum

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    Average rating of 4.5/5. (20 Ratings)

    Ring in the new year (on December 31 or on January 31, the Chinese New Year) with this homemade noisemaker, a hand drum based on a traditional Asian design.

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  • Coffee Can Drum

    Coffee Can Drum

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    Average rating of 4/5. (26 Ratings)

    Kids love music and banging on pots, pans, and plastic containers. Combine their creativity with their musical talent by making this adorable homemade drum.

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  • Yogurt-cup Shakers

    Yogurt-cup Shakers

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (15 Ratings)

    Shake, rattle, and roll with a set of these music makers

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  • Jam on a Wooden Harmonica

    Jam on a Wooden Harmonica

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    Average rating of 4.5/5. (16 Ratings)

    This wooden harmonica is fun to play, and kids over 5 can whip it up in minutes.

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  • Slinky Drum

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    Average rating of 3/5. (3 Ratings)

    It is time for your slinky to do more than crawl down stairs

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  • Liberty Shaker

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    Average rating of 4/5. (1 Rating)

    Make a joyful noise in honor of America's independence

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  • Trash Can Drum

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    Average rating of 4/5. (1 Rating)

    March to your own beat on this easy-to-make instrument

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  • Homemade Mallets

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    Average rating of 0/5. (0 Ratings)

    We've got nothing against wooden spoons, but if your child craves a bona fide mallet to drum with, these are a snap to make.

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  • Band in a Basket

    Band in a Basket

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    Average rating of 0/5. (0 Ratings)

    Keep a collection of age-appropriate instruments in one easy-to-reach spot, such as in a basket or box, and your little one (and siblings and friends) will always have something to play besides the boredom blues.

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